My Reaction to the CNN GOP Debate

First, the afternoon GOP debate. None of these four have a shot. How’d they do? 1. LINDSEY GRAHAM – Graham seemed downright depressed in the first debate, so he was much more relaxed and energetic here. He destroyed Rick Santorum in their exchanges, and he had the confidence in his positions. Too bad the main thrust of his campaign is fear-mongering and making sure we get into another decade-long war. “Vote for me, or ISIL will come to America and kill you!” 2. GEORGE PATAKI – The former New York…

Preview of the CNN GOP debate

On Wednesday, September 16, 2015, there will be 11 Republican candidates in a two-hour prime-time CNN debate set for 6:00pm MST. Two hours earlier – at 4:00pm MST – there will be a one-hour debate with the other 4 candidates in the race. Rick Perry has dropped out of the race, and since Jim Gilmore has yet to get 1% on any major poll, he has not been invited to the afternoon debate. The earlier debate will feature Rick Santorum, Bobby Jindal, Lindsey Graham, and George Pataki. it is fortunate…

GOP 2016: The Post-Debate Iowa Polls

The national polls are fluctuating but this time I wanted to focus on Iowa. Since the GOP Debate, the number in Iowa have moved around. Here’s where things stood based on the average of the two most recent Iowa polls before the debate. 1. Donald Trump – 24% 2. Scott Walker – 17% 3. Jeb Bush – 11% 4. Ben Carson – 6.5% 4. Mike Huckabee – 6.5% 6. Ted Cruz – 5% 7. Bobby Jindal – 4% 8. John Kasich – 3.5% 8. Marco Rubio – 3.5% 10. Rand…

Were the GOP Debate questions fair?

Donald Trump may have had the most personal questions, but he had the most questions, period. Fox News did what moderators on any other network could not do: ask tough questions zeroing in on the weaknesses of every candidate. Anderson Cooper asks the same question, and it’s a gotcha question. If anything, Fox News raised the bar for Democrats when they have their first debate cleeeeear in October. If I had a main criticism of the questions, and for the most part I was pleased, it was that they spent…

#GOPDebate Transcript – Scott Walker’s Questions & Answers

MEGYN KELLY: Governor Walker, you’ve consistently said that you want to make abortion illegal even in cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother. You recently signed an abortion law in Wisconsin that does have an exception for the mother’s life, but you’re on the record as having objected to it. Would you really let a mother die rather than have an abortion, and with 83 percent of the American public in favor of a life exception, are you too out of the mainstream on this…

A Tale of Two GOP Debates

Yesterday, the top 17 candidates for the Republican nomination held two debates on Fox News. The earlier afternoon GOP debate felt like a true punishment, performing in an empty auditorium and with the B-team moderators of Bill Hemmer and Martha McCallum. The prime-time debate between the top 10 candidates had a packed house, the A-team of Chris Wallace and Megyn Kelly (and the B+ tag-along Bret Baier), and the star-power curiosity of Donald Trump meant record ratings. The afternoon debate featured former Texas governor Rick Perry, former Pennsylvania senator Rick…